Trauma Treatment and Training for Organisations
Effective treatment for trauma and PTSD is now fully available – and it’s free to veterans and reservists of the UK armed forces. PTSD Resolution - www.ptsdresolution.org - provides therapy to relieve mental health problems resulting from military service, so as to ease reintegration into a normal work and family life.
The PTSD Resolution national outreach programme has over 200 therapists. Treatment is on an outpatient basis, to support family and work routines. It is free, confidential, local, on a one-to-one basis, with no waiting lists and no referral is needed. Therapy is brief and effective – generally within three to five one-hour sessions treatment is ended by mutual agreement. It is unusual for further support to be needed subsequently.
Resolution offers employers Trauma Awareness Training to support the successful assimilation of veterans and TA in the workplace. The one-day modular courses enable line managers and HR staff to recognise potential symptoms of trauma and identify a clear route to resolving any workplace difficulties
Patients are not required to talk about the events that may have caused the traumatic memory. The programme policy is that re-exposure is better done in the client’s visual imagination and while in a relaxed state, protecting confidentiality and reducing distress.
The Resolution network was launched in February 2010. This followed a three-year pilot programme, which included a project with the Falklands Veterans Foundation that helped ex-services personnel recover successfully after experiencing the symptoms of PTSD for 25 years in some cases.
Overall the programme has had a better than 83 per cent success rate in resolving the condition for the 150 UK veterans of the armed services treated. This is similar to the recovery rate in a recent study of 599 stress-related cases from the general population who were treated using the same therapeutic method: over 70 per cent reached a ‘significant and sustained improvement’ after an average of 3.6 treatment sessions, according to PTSD Resolution.
Treatment is complementary to the work of other armed forces charities, because it can resolve the immediate mental health issues that may be a barrier to qualifying for further help and assistance.